fi·​na·​le | \fə-ˈna-lē, fi-ˈnä- \

Definition of finale 

: the close or termination of something: such as

a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale

b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.

c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks

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The team has not yet named a starting pitcher for Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates, but that could be a game started by Mark Leiter Jr. if the reliever not needed in the first two games of the series. Matt Breen,, "Phillies prospect Enyel De Los Santos could take the mound in the majors sooner than expected," 6 July 2018 There wasn’t even a victory, as the Padres lost 3-2 in the finale of a four-game series against the Dodgers. Kevin Acee,, "Tyson Ross gives Padres win in loss to Dodgers," 12 July 2018 Whereas the first season finale of The Handmaid’s Tale was constrained by the ending of the book, which leaves June stepping into an unknown future inside that black van, the Season 2 ending comes with a lot more breathing room. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 Keri Russell, who is coming off the finale of her FX series The Americans, continues to be in hot demand. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Keri Russell in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro-Produced Thriller 'Antlers' (Exclusive)," 11 July 2018 In the finale of season 2, Deja was seen smashing Randall's car while the rest of the family was enjoying Kate and Toby's wedding day. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Sterling K. Brown Just Shared Major Spoilers From Season 3," 11 July 2018 Wright, 52, will be directing the season finale of the series as well as playing the starring role. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Robin Wright Speaks Out About Kevin Spacey and the #MeToo Movement," 9 July 2018 But in the finale of the Classic Bagley had just one point and three rebounds in a loss to Miami. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Marvin Bagley III learning ups and downs of NBA," 8 July 2018 Miami piled up a season-high 22 hits, the first 19 of which were singles, and salvaged the finale of a four-game series., "Realmuto, Dietrich each reach five times, Marlins pound 22 hits to avoid 4-game Nats sweep," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

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English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·​na·​le | \fə-ˈna-lē \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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